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Tour 2007 AUS/NZ: Press Release

Official Press Release

What the Critics said:

“Dazzling...I felt a shiver of excitement”

Daily Telegraph

“Fabulous” Star reviewStar reviewStar reviewStar review

The Times

“Simply Epic!”

The Sun

“…Who could ask for more…”

Evening Standard

“…Thoroughly entertaining.” “Truly impressive”

BBC News

The Production

Following a hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour in 2006, the award-winning Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! is invading Down Under this September.

Jeff Wayne will be conducting The 10-piece Black Smoke Band and a 40-piece String Orchestra. Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward returns to reprise his role as The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. The show also features Guest Artistes Shannon Noll (MTV’s ‘Best Male Artist’ for a third year in a row) playing Parson Nathaniel, Rachael Beck as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s wife, and We Will Rock You’s Michael Falzon portraying The Artilleryman. Manfred Mann Earth Band’s Chris Thompson will be returning on stage as The Voice of Humanity.

UK fans and media alike were astounded by the groundbreaking technology featured in the 2006 production, but the 2007 show (which will Tour not only Australia and New Zealand but also the UK this year) will be even bigger and better! World First 3D Holography will be unveiled as Richard Burton appears in sight and sound as George Herbert, The Journalist in the form of a 3 metre high 3D photo-real Hologram.

Other impressive ingredients will include a 3 tonne, 10 meter-high Martian Fighting Machine firing Heat Rays at the audience and scanning them with its bug-like eyes and a 30-meter wide screen projecting CGI-animation throughout the entire show. Surround Sound and other special effects will heighten the audience’s experience even more.

Since the album’s original release, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds has grown into a true classic garnering a new generation of devoted followers whilst still inspiring the faithful listeners from the past decades.

The album has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with almost 15 million records sold, spending over 300 weeks in the charts to date and garnering two International hit singles “The Eve of The War” and “Forever Autumn”.


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